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Re: Why The Cover-Up?

From: John Rimmer <j.rimmer.nul>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2007 16:25:48 +0100
Archived: Sat, 28 Jul 2007 10:53:16 -0400
Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>From: Paul Scott Anderson <paulscottanderson.nul>
>To: ufoupdates.nul
>Date: Thu, 26 Jul 2007 10:25:03 -0700
>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul>
>>To: <ufoupdates.nul>
>>Date: Tue, 24 Jul 2007 09:36:51 -0500
>>Subject: Re: Why The Cover-Up?

>>The "problem" is not, in the self-serving definition above, that
>>ideas are rejected "based only on personal bias" (similar
>>charges are routinely hurled against physics professionals by
>>lay physics cranks who think they've disproved Einstein), but
>>that silly ideas, based on personal belief as opposed to a body
>>of compelling evidence, get continually reycled over ufology's
>>history. That's why we get nowhere, and that's why those of us
>>who know something about the requirements of science - not to
>>mention the history of ufology - lose our patience.

>Referring to some ideas as "silly" with no evidence for that
>position, is bias. Scientists used to consider meteorites a
>"silly" idea...!

Is this actually proven? This cliche gets repeated so often,
without citation, that I suspect it might be a version on urban
legend. Even if it did happen as claimed, surely there must be
some other example of scientific myopia that people could quote,
just for the sake of variety?

>All I was doing was saying that Ed and Bob et
>al have a right to their theories and views, without being
>labelled as cranks or whatever, and that dismissing things out
>of hand too hastily is foolish, IMO.

As I have said before, anyone has a right to express any theory
they like, no matter how barmy and half-baked. Others however
have a right to dismiss it, not 'out-of-hand', but with the
evidence of accumulated scientific knowledge. So far the only
'evidence' offered seems to be 'I think UFOs are real craft, but
I don't like the idea of the ETH, so I'll have to imagine
something else'.

>And yes, I also do know something about the requirements of

Well then you'll know that these ideas are entertaining
imagination-based speculation, not scientific theory. But keep
going at it, because it's certainly giving us Pelicanists a

John Rimmer

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